Natalie Portman Ballet Workout: Abs Exercise
For a ballerina, the center of balance is everything, Bowers says. That’s why ballet abs exercises serve a dual purpose: They flatten your stomach while strengthening your abdominal muscles—the foundation of your balance.
How to do it: Lay on your back with the arms open wide in second position, knees slightly bent. Pull your stomach in as you lift your upper body, bringing your arms overhead to first position (creating a circular frame around your head). Focus on keeping the stomach pulled in as you lower and lift again. Repeat 30 times.